How to Prevent Roof Dry Rot?
One of the best ways to prevent roof dry rot is by having our professional, and knowledgeable roofers install a vented ridge roof system. We all know how important proper roof ventilation for your attic in the summer is, but many may not realize that it is equally important to have good ventilation during the winter as well. During the summer, hot air causes your roof to expand and keeps your home hot. During the winter, without proper ventilation the warm moist air from your home can get trapped in the attic and cause roof dry rot. Dry rot is a roof cancer and destroys your roof’s ability to bear heavy loads and hold nails.
Poor ventilation can also allow for condensation to build up in the summer and winter months, causing the wood sheeting and shingles to swell and buckle. The condensation build up in your attic can potentially leak moisture into your insulation, which can cause mold, mildew, wood rot and bad air quality throughout your entire home.
What Causes Roof Dry Rot?
Dry rot is caused by fungi. The fungus that causes dry rot is recognizable by the black, bluish green spots on your roof or eaves. These fungi eat the wood particles causing the planks to become soft or brittle. There are two types of fungi that cause wood rot, both feeding off of the moisture trapped in your roof. In addition to wood rot, there can also be mold and mildew build up on your shingles. Mildew is usually recognized by its powdery look and grows during the warm humid months. Mold is distinguished by the brown or black fuzz growing on your roof shingles. Mold grows and spreads fast and if not addressed right away can cause damage to throughout your home. Usually the wood rot, mold and mildew are caused by poor installation of your roof and venting system. Many home owners are unaware of how important a proper roof ventilation system is for the longevity of your roof.
What Type of Ventilation is Best?
Many home owners think that the vent turbines installed on their roof are the only ventilation solution their home needs. Unfortunately, vent turbines do not solve all of your roof’s ventilation issues. The turbine vents spin when the air in the attic heats up and push the hot air out of the attic. However, ventilation problems arise when the bearings rust over and the turbine is unable to spin. This causes stationary holes in your roof that allow rain, snow, or even ice to get inside your roof and insulation.
Vented ridges have no working parts so they do not rust over or seize up. They are installed at the top of your roof ridge. This allows the hottest air to escape from your home. They work well in heavy wind and rain storms where the water is moving in many directions. The venting allows for air induction under your eaves and gives you an easy, effective and long lasting solution to keep your attic temperatures close to the natural air temperatures outside.
Vented ridges also help keep your roof from experiencing “ice damming.” Ice damming is when the hot air in your attic melts the snow on the roof. The water then runs down your roof towards the gutters and refreezes. This cycle happens over and over again, trapping snow on your roof and ice in gutters. The “ice damming” can cause a lot of damage to your roof structure, shingles, and gutters.
Vented ridges can also help lower your monthly utility bill. Redding and Chico both hit extremely high temperatures in the summer months that result in larger utility bills. With proper roof ventilation you can keep your attic and home much cooler during the hotter months. With a cooler attic your cooling system does not have to work as hard, which equates to a lower monthly energy cost.
Tugwell Roofing Only Uses Top Rated Materials
We use GAF Cobra Attic Ventilation systems for your home because we believe they are the best solution on the market. Implementing the most effective ventilation for your attic is crucial for extending the life of your roof. A Vented Ridge Roof System is one of the smartest investments you can make for your home, combined with the proper amount of insulation in your attic. The hot summer months and wet winter months can cause your insulation to be less effective. The Vented Ridge Roof System will keep air circulation at an optimal level and your insulation working properly.
At the first sight of any roofing issues, the best thing you can do is contact a professional roofing contractor. Tugwell Roofing has been in business for over 10 years, earning the reputation of being one of the most honest roofing companies in Redding, CA. Our exceptionally trained roofing professionals use only the highest quality materials on your home. The materials that we install in your home are also backed by the best warranties in the industry. We were also recently voted Best of The North State in 2016, which is a true testament of the excellent customer service we provide to all of our customers.
At Tugwell Roofing we know how to build, protect, and maintain roofing systems, gutters, and insulation to ensure maximum life expectancy for your roof. Our team of professional roofers will guarantee your installation, maintenance, or repair project is done right the first time. To get an estimate for a new roof, vented ridge system, repairs, or maintenance in Redding, Chico, Red Bluff, Mount Shasta or surrounding areas, call us today for details, 530-222-9983 in Redding or 530-895-9983 in Chico. Don’t forget, financing is available!